How a Young Entrepreneurial Family Traveled Around The World For a Year And Returned Home Much Better Off Financially Than When They Left!
Have you ever thought you’d want to travel to Europe or maybe the Orient? How about a one year round the world trip of a lifetime that leaves you better off financially than when you left? This is a story of how my son Ryan, his talented wife Stephanie and their four amazing children did just that!
You see they began their life together in Japan as teachers of English as a second language. They worked hard, lived modestly and paid off college debts. Upon returning to Canada, Ryan was soon employed in sales which as I always told him, was one of the best career decisions he could make as it would prepare him well for entrepreneurship. He soon excelled becoming the VP of sales for a software company.
But he had a dream and a passion for music so he began a music school that brought the lessons to your home. Soon, he had about 20 music teachers and a thriving business.
Stephanie has an amazing gift as a writer and she had a passion for naturally inspired living for homemakers and started a blog. In a few short years, she was having over a million unique visits a month to her blog.
Now notice something; they both pursued what they loved and what they loved, flourished! (But not without hard work and dedication). The time came however that they wanted to follow that audacious dream to actually leave everything behind and see the world while they were young and healthy.
So Ryan set about writing out every job function, every procedure and every practice of his business. Where appropriate, he created “how to” videos for every single function so that anyone could step in, follow the instructions and run his business. As it turned out, about four weeks before they left, both his office manager and director quit and he had to hire total strangers in their place to manage the day to day business.
Due to his detailed instructions, they were able to grow the business handily while he was traveling the world. Of course he communicated regularly with Skype and email and by phone, but the point is that he was able to actually leave his business and manage from afar – successfully.
Stephanie on the other hand always worked from home. She had a great team of writers and support staff and her blog kept growing as well. She would share updates via the blog and Facebook, sharing pictures of her travels and life with her vibrant family riding camels, feeding penguins or snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef.
One of their brilliant money making ideas was to create a bundle of products that had overwhelmingly obvious value and then offer it for a ridiculous price. They figured that the low price of $29 was within reach of just about anyone and if enough people took advantage of it, it would be worth their while.
Because of their huge audience, Ryan was able to persuade suppliers of excellent household products to contribute bonus gifts worth a couple hundred extra dollars to anyone who bought their bundle. All gratis. No strings attached.
It was a good deal for the supplier because they were exposed to literally millions of readers and only had to give products to the thousands who ordered the bundle. It was an incredible amount of work to put it together but it paid off well for them and turned their readers into raving fans!
They let me know they were doing another bundle that starts today and I offered to kick in my Christian Wealth Building series with 6 hours of MP3’s and the full transcript / ebook which retails for $77. They are including that for free along with almost $900 worth of e-books, audio books and physical products all for only $29.
If you want a winning business idea, find a way to load an immense amount of authentic value into a ridiculously low price and see how people respond. It works for them and it will for you.
They kept doing what they loved from wherever they were. They would be the first to tell you that it wasn’t always easy. It didn’t always feel like a dream. Some times it got downright difficult, like when there were internet breakdowns or deadlines that would come at 4:00 AM their time. But if you were to ask them today, they would tell you it was the best thing they’ve ever done as a family and they wouldn’t change a thing!
So what was the secret to growing their business while traveling the world, seeing all 7 continents and experiencing things most people will only dream about? Here it is…
- They had a shared dream and could articulate it.
- They developed a detailed plan
- They set a firm date for departure
- They prepared for months in advance
- They continued doing the work they loved
- They continually innovated as they were inspired by their travels.
- They loved each other, loved their work and stayed the course.
So, I hope this inspires you and helps you with your dreams. Check back for more details on how you too can take control of your life and live the dreams God has for you.